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    University of the Sciences in Philadelphia
   
 
  Dec 11, 2017
 
 
    
2015-2016 University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Undergraduate Admission


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Application, Admission, and Enrollment Policies

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University of the Sciences practices a rolling admission policy, accepting qualified applicants until the class is filled, for most first-year and transfer candidates. For transfer candidates seeking admission into our pharmacy, physical therapy, occupational therapy, and physician assistant programs, please refer to the transfer section for specific application deadlines. University of the Sciences does not discriminate in admission, employment, or administration of its programs on the basis of gender, age, disability, race, religion, creed, national origin, veteran status, sexual orientation, or gender identity or in violation of federal, state, and local laws or executive orders.

Direct-Entry

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Our direct-entry admission policy grants first-year students admission directly into our doctor of pharmacy, doctor of occupational therapy, or doctor of physical therapy majors. If you maintain an appropriate grade point average and meet all program requirements, you will not have to reapply for the professional phase of the program. 

Application

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Applications for admission may be submitted online at www.usciences.edu or at www.commonapp.org. Certain programs require the use of specific applications, which are available on our website: www.usciences.edu. Applications may be obtained by contacting the USciences Admission Office by mail or by telephone at 888.996.8747.

An applicant may request reactivation of a previously submitted application up to one year from the original application date, and no more than one reactivation may occur on an original application form.

First-Year Students

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Undergraduate first-year students may apply using the USciences online or paper application or via the Common Application. First-year applicants to all majors are reviewed via a rolling admission process. Students are urged to apply in the fall preceding the fall semester in which they intend to enroll. For traditional-age students, this is generally during the fall or winter of the final year of high school. For the University’s most competitive majors, an early fall submission is strongly recommended. Acceptable applicants who apply for admission after a class is filled may be placed on a waiting list.

Admission Requirements

  • Transcripts
    Every applicant for first-year admission must present evidence of satisfactory completion of, or enrollment in, a high school course leading to a diploma or its equivalent. Typically, academic, college preparatory, or scientific high school courses are acceptable. Commercial and vocational training courses are not accepted for full credit.  First-year applicants must arrange to have their high school transcripts submitted to the Admission Office. High school transcripts should include a list of senior coursework.
     
  • Minimum Academic Entrance Requirements
    The University requires these high school courses:
    • Mathematics: Two years of algebra and one year of geometry. An additional year of higher-level mathematics (e.g., trigonometry, elementary functions, precalculus, and/or calculus) is strongly recommended.
    • Science:
      • Pharmacy (PharmD), Physical Therapy (DPT) and Physician Assistant pre-professional phase (BSHS): three years of laboratory sciences, which must include at least two of the following: biology, chemistry, and physics. All three are strongly recommended.
      • Pharmaceutical & Healthcare Business (BS): one year of laboratory science. Biology is strongly recommended.
      • All other programs: two years of science (biology, chemistry or physics), including one year of laboratory science. Three years of science are strongly recommended.
  • College Entrance Exams
    All applicants for admission are required to submit the results of the SAT (School Code: 2663) or the ACT (School Code: 3671). 

    The University will only accept official SAT or ACT results sent directly from the College Board or the ACT.

    The University also participates in the College Board’s Advanced Placement Program (AP), the College Board’s College-Level Examination Program (CLEP), and the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IB).

    If English is not an applicant’s first language, it may be recommended or required that he/she complete and submit scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).

  • Essay
    Applicants should submit either a previously graded essay of at least 250 words or an essay on a topic of his/her choice of at least 250 words.
     
  • Letter(s) of Recommendation
    Applicants must submit one (1) letter of recommendation. Up to two (2) additional letters of recommendation may be submitted; however additional recommendations are not required.
     
  • Additional Requirements
    The University reserves the right to supplement the basic admission requirements with a personal interview or special entrance examination. 

Notification of Admission Decision

First-year students are reviewed on a rolling basis once all required materials are received by the Admission Office. Students will be notified of the admission decision via the U.S. mail, shortly after the admission decision is rendered. Admission to the University is provided with the expectation that the accepted student’s record of academic achievement will be maintained throughout the completion of current coursework.

Enrollment Reservation

Applicants accepted for first-year admission are asked to submit an enrollment reservation deposit no later than May 1 to secure a guaranteed place for the fall semester. This deposit is not refundable; however it will be credited toward the student’s first-semester tuition.  The enrollment reservation deposit must be received before a housing deposit will be honored.  Entering first-year students may request an extension but are asked to submit such requests in writing prior to May 1. Approval of an extension request is subject to the availability of space in the student’s intended academic program.

All applicants accepted after May 1 are asked to submit the enrollment reservation deposit within 15 days of the date of acceptance.

Deferring Your Enrollment

First-year students who have submitted an enrollment reservation may request a deferral of enrollment for one year. This request must be submitted to the Admission Office in writing at least two weeks prior to the start of the term or academic year to which the student was admitted. Requests received after this date will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis. Approval is dependent upon the academic program. Approval of deferred enrollment guarantees a student’s seat for the following academic year; however, a student’s merit or need-based financial award is not guaranteed. Merit and need-based awards will be reevaluated utilizing the criteria established for the term or academic year in which the student matriculates.

Students approved for deferred enrollment who choose to take college-level coursework at another college or university may lose their first-year status and, thus, forfeit their deferred status.

Transfer Students

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University of the Sciences welcomes students who wish to apply for transfer to any of our undergraduate majors. Applications for most of our majors can be submitted on a rolling admission basis. Students interested in applying to the professional phase* of a few majors have application deadlines.

Physician Assistant
  (MSPAS post-baccalaureate program)
  November 1
Physical Therapy   November 2
Occupational Therapy   January 1
Pharmacy   March 1

The application and all required application materials (see below) are due by the deadline in order to begin the application review process for professional programs (pharmacy, physical therapy, occupational therapy, and physician assistant).

* The first professional year (P1) of the pharmacy and occupational therapy programs is year 3; the first professional year (P1) for the physical therapy program is year 4.

Admission Requirements

  • Application
    Transfer students applying to the first professional year of the pharmacy, physical therapy, physician assistant and occupational therapy programs are required to apply through their respective College Application Service (PharmCAS, PTCAS, CASPA or OTCAS). The links to these applications are located on the University website. A supplemental application to the University is required for physical therapy and occupational therapy. All other transfer applicants are required to use the standard University of the Sciences application form, which is available in an online or paper format, or the Common Application.
  • Transcripts
    The transfer applicant is responsible for the submission of all required documents, including official transcripts from all current and/or previously attended colleges or universities. Applicants for transfer who do not possess an associate’s or bachelor’s degree are required to submit an official final high school transcript. 
     
  • College Entrance Exams
    Applicants for transfer into the third year (first professional year) of the doctor of pharmacy program are required to submit scores from the Pharmacy College Admission Test (PCAT). 

    Applicants for transfer who have less than 24 college credits and who graduated from high school within the last two years are required to submit official SAT or ACT results. SAT and ACT results must be sent directly from the College Board or ACT.
  • Additional Requirements
    Transfer candidates applying for physical therapy, physician assistant, and occupational therapy must submit a professional goal statement, one to three letters of recommendation, and a completed Pre-Professional Form available on the transfer student website.

    Transfer applicants may be asked to supplement the basic application requirements with a personal interview, college entrance examination, or high school transcript.

    Transfer applicants who are applying for the third year (first professional year) of the doctor of pharmacy degree may be invited to participate in an interview. This interview is required to complete the evaluation process.

    Transfer candidates applying for the physical therapy program may be asked to participate in an interview with the Department of Physical Therapy.

Notification of Admission Decision

Notification of an admission decision will occur during the spring semester for fall applicants, and during the fall semester for spring applicants. After review, the student will be notified of the admission decision via the U.S. mail, shortly after the admission decision is made.  

Transfer admission is contingent upon the satisfactory completion of coursework in progress and/or required before enrollment.  Completion of current or required coursework must be documented in order to finalize admission.

Transfer Credit

Accepted students receive a preliminary transfer credit evaluation that includes the courses and credits acceptable by the University for transfer. Transfer credit is usually granted for comparable coursework completed at an accredited college or university. A grade of “C” or better must be achieved, and the coursework must meet the specific requirements of the applicant’s program of study. (Physician assistant students must achieve a grade of “B” or higher in science courses that are scheduled in years two and three of the program).

Pre-professional courses completed 10 or more years prior to enrollment may not be accepted for transfer credit or may require additional validation by the University.

Residency Requirements

Undergraduate and professional degree programs have varying residency requirements. For more information, see the Academic Standards and Academic Progress  section and the individual program descriptions elsewhere in this catalog.

Enrollment Reservation

Applicants accepted for transfer admission are asked to submit an enrollment reservation deposit by the date listed in their acceptance letter. This deposit is not refundable; however it will be applied to the student’s first-semester tuition.

All applicants accepted after May 1 are asked to submit the enrollment reservation deposit within 15 days of the date of acceptance.

Deferring your Enrollment

Transfer students who have submitted an enrollment reservation may request a deferral of enrollment for one year. This request must be submitted to the Admission Office in writing at least two weeks prior to the start of the term or academic year to which the student was admitted. Requests received after this date will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis. Approval is dependent upon the academic program. Approval of deferred enrollment guarantees a student’s seat for the following academic year; however, a student’s merit or need-based financial award is not guaranteed. Merit and need-based awards will be reevaluated utilizing the criteria established for the term or academic year in which the student matriculates.

Students approved for deferred enrollment who choose to take college-level coursework at another college or university may forfeit their deferred status and may require a reactivation of the original application as well as an additional admission evaluation.

International Students

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Application Deadline—April 15

Undergraduate first-year students may apply using the USciences online or paper application or via the Common Application. In order to provide you with an admission decision in time to process matriculation documents, international students must apply and provide all required materials by April 15. The application deadlines that apply for transfer candidates also apply for international candidates. Please refer to the Transfer section of this document for application deadlines. It is recommended that applications be submitted as early as possible due to space limitations in certain programs.

Admission Requirements

  • Transcripts
    First-year and transfer applicants who have completed coursework outside the United States must have their coursework evaluated by a National Association of Credential Evaluations Services (NACES.org) member, preferably World Education Services (WES) or Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE). Once completed, the official evaluation must be submitted to the Admission Office. Information concerning WES may be obtained online at www.wes.org . Information concerning ECE may be obtained online at www.ece.org.
  • College Entrance Exams
    Each international applicant must submit scores from the SAT or ACT, as well as scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Although exceptions to these requirements are unusual, the SAT or ACT requirement may be waived if the applicant can show evidence of satisfactory completion of courses that parallel college courses under the American system of post-secondary education. The TOEFL requirement may be waived if evidence is presented to show that the applicant’s studies have been conducted in English.
     
  • Essay
    Applicants should submit either a previously graded essay of at least 250 words or an essay on a topic of his/her choice of at least 250 words.
     
  • Letter(s) of Recommendation
    Applicants must submit one (1) letter of recommendation. Up to two (2) additional letters of recommendation may be submitted; however additional recommendations are not required.
     
  • Certification of Finances
    International students seeking an F-1 visa need to submit a Certification of Finances form. For more information visit www.usciences.edu/applying/international.
     
  • Additional Requirements
    Candidates may be requested to participate in an on-campus interview or supplemental testing designed to assist in the evaluation of their academic credentials.

Notification of Admission Decision

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis once all required materials are received by the Admission Office. Students will be notified of the admission decision via e-mail, shortly after the admission decision is rendered. Admission to the University is provided with the expectation that the accepted student’s record of academic achievement will be maintained throughout the completion of current coursework.

Enrollment Reservation

International students who wish to enroll at the University are asked to provide an enrollment reservation deposit to secure a space in the entering class.

  • First-Year Students
    Students admitted with first-year status are asked to submit an enrollment reservation deposit no later than May 1 to secure a guaranteed space for the fall semester. This deposit is not refundable; however it will be credited toward the student’s first-semester tuition. The enrollment reservation deposit must be received before a housing deposit will be honored. Entering first-year students may request an extension but are asked to submit such requests in writing prior to May 1. Approval of an extension request is subject to the availability of space in the student’s intended academic program.

    All applicants accepted after May 1 are asked to submit the enrollment reservation deposit within 15 days of the date of acceptance. 
  • Transfer Students
    Applicants accepted for transfer admission are asked to submit an enrollment reservation deposit by the date listed in their acceptance letter. This deposit is not refundable; however it will be credited toward the student’s first-semester tuition. The enrollment reservation deposit must be received before a housing deposit will be honored.

    All applicants accepted after May 1 are asked to submit the enrollment reservation deposit within 15 days of the date of acceptance.

Deferring Your Enrollment

International students who have submitted an enrollment reservation may request a deferral of enrollment for one year. This request must be submitted to the Admission Office in writing at least two weeks prior to the start of the term or academic year to which the student was admitted. Requests received after this date will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis. Approval is dependent upon the academic program. Approval of deferred enrollment guarantees a student’s seat for the following academic year; however, a student’s merit or need-based financial award is not guaranteed. Merit and need-based awards will be reevaluated utilizing the criteria established for the term or academic year in which the student matriculates.

Students approved for deferred enrollment who choose to take college-level coursework at another college or university may lose their first-year status and, thus, forfeit their deferred status.

Part-Time Undergraduate Students

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Admission Requirements

Students are enrolled as part-time students on a space available basis. Students wishing to enroll as nonmatriculated part-time students are asked to complete and submit a part-time application form with the undergraduate Admission Office. Part-time application forms may be obtained by contacting the undergraduate Admission Office.

Notification of Approval

Approval for part-time enrollment is provided by the Admission Office for humanities and social science courses, as well as basic science and mathematics courses that are part of the University’s first- and second-year curricula.  Approval is granted upon verification of required prerequisites. Approval for advanced science or professional courses is granted by the department chair in the department in which the course is offered. Students intending to take more than one course must be granted approval by the department(s) in which each course resides.

ROTC Programs

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Students at the University are eligible to participate in ROTC programs through agreements with two nearby universities. For more information, see the Office of the Provost  section elsewhere in this catalog.

Veterans

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Individuals entitled to programs of education under the auspices of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) may undertake such education at the University. Certificates of eligibility may be obtained from the VA office and returned to the Registrar’s Office for certification.

 

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